Santa Clarita school shooter was initially mistaken as a victim: cops

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The teen shooter who opened fire on his high school campus in California Thursday, wounding several and killing two, initially was mistaken as a victim by first responders after he was found with a gunshot wound to his head, police said.

First responders found the 16-year-old shooter along with five other shot students on the quad of Saugus High School in Santa Clarita around 7:40 a.m.

The students were hospitalized and investigators later identified the shooter through firsthand witnesses, Los Angeles County officials said at a press conference.

“The suspect was later identified as one of the victims found in the quad,” Capt. Kent Wegener with the sheriff’s homicide division said during a midday press conference.

Surveillance video from the school showed the shooter pull a .45-caliber semi-automatic pistol from his backpack and shoot five students before he shot himself in the head, Wegener said.

He is in “grave condition,” which means he is critical and clinging to life, officials said.

The shooter, whose identity was not immediately released, lived about two miles from the school and carried out the shooting rampage on his birthday, police said.

A 16-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy were fatally shot during the incident, while a 14-year-old girl, a 15-year-old girl and another 14-year-old boy were shot and wounded, officials said.

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